Wearen ready for EUROs

West Ham United's Eoin Wearen has been selected in Republic of Ireland's squad for the UEFA European U19 Championship finals in Romania.

The talented Dublin-born central midfielder has been named in his country's squad by head coach Paul Doolin after playing an important role in helping the Irish to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 2002.

Ireland have been drawn in Group A alongside Greece, Czech Republic and the host nation, while Group B contains Serbia, Turkey, Spain and Belgium.

Eighteen-year-old Wearen and his compatriots kick-off their challenge by facing Greece in Buftea on 20 July before tackling the Czechs in Mogosoaia on 23 July and and Romania in Beroeni on 26 July.

Doolin's squad successfully qualified for the eight-team finals by coming through two tough group stages, seeing off the challenge of Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Luxembourg along the way.

Wearen himself will be available to play in Ireland's opening match after serving a one-match suspension in the 3-0 victory over Italy in their final Elite Round qualifying fixture. The Hammers youngster had been sent-off for two bookable offences in the goalless draw with Ukraine.

Republic of Ireland have never won the European U19 Championship. However, the Irish did lift the trophy in its former guise as an U18 tournament in 1998.